I have a thing for Portugal – a feeling I have not experienced in any other country I have visited. If I should try to describe it, it is like a homely feeling, to belong there, a sort of calmness in my stomach whenever I arrive in the country.
Apart from the Algarve – Lisbon is a clear favorit – I just love this city. It is a vibrant metropolitan capital – with a village sort of feel. It is small enough to walk arround most of the sights – and still have everything you would expect from a modern city.
It is situated by the wather – the Rio Tejo (Tagus river) and that also gives something to the city. Lisbon is know as the city of the seven hills – and it is hard work to climb the hills, but also it is good exercise. Apart from the exercise the huge benefit from these hills are the Miradouros (viewpoints) – every climb you make, you are rewarded with breathtaking vistas.
Below you can see the view is from the top of Rua da Bica de Duarte Belo where one of the famous trams; Elevador da Bica runs.
This is the view from Miradouro Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen or much easier Miradouro da Graca. You have to go up hill a bit, but this view is so worth it. You can see Castelo de Sao Jorge to the left and Ponte 25 de Abril in the distance and a lot of other landmarks once you get up there.
You cannot write about Lisbon without saying tram. This tram is right in front of the beautiful square Praça Luís de Camões. Note the two people taking a “joyride” at the back of the tram.
The building holding Rossio train station is marvellous and unlike everything I have seen before. It was build in the late 19th Century and was back then the central train station in Lisbon. The picture below show one of the horse shoe shaped entrance doors. Also the wrought iron arches and tile work inside at the platforms are worth seeing.
A typical Lisbon street, and one of the most photogenic; Calcada de Santana in the Mouraira area. Look a the wrought iron balconys, the colorful buildings, the laundry hanging to dry and the river in the distance.
Praça do Comércio is the grandest plaza in Lisbon. Everyone arriving by boat used to disembark here. In a way it still feels like the gateway to Lisbon. This photo is taken from the top of the Arco da Rua Augusta.
Worn down buildings with the classic balconys. Notice the entrance doors side by side and imagine how little space the residents have inside.
Actually this is not from lisbon – but from the other side of Rio Tejo. You see the bridge Ponte 25 de Abril, the river Rio Tejo and Lisbon from a distance. I took this picture from the foot of the Cristo Rei statue in Alamada just opposite Lisbon.
*The photo on top of this page is from Praca do Rossio (Rossio square) in central Lisbon.